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$132K approved for New Canaan chief's salary

Published 11:21 am, Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • Police Commission Chairman Jim Cole (left) and Police Chief Leon Krolikowski (right) listen to comments and answer questions from the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2013. New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Tyler Woods
    Police Commission Chairman Jim Cole (left) and Police Chief Leon Krolikowski (right) listen to comments and answer questions from the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2013. New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Tyler Woods

 

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The Board of Selectmen questioned the salary and outside law practice of the proposed new police chief, Leon Krolikowski, before approving a memorandum of understanding with him at its meeting Tuesday morning.

While not a contract, the memorandum spells out Krolikowski's salary, benefits and other working conditions.

The selectmen were pleased with the selection of Krolikowski, a 24-year veteran of the police force who served as interim chief following the retirement of Ed Nadriczny. The selectmen broached only two issues of concern: salary and outside employment.

The salary recommended by the Police Commission was $132,500 per year, a 3 percent increase from what Krolikowski earned as interim chief, and $11,000 less than what Nadriczny made at the time of his retirement.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said he and Human Resources Director Cheryl Jones had estimated the chief's new salary ought to be about $125,000 based on their review of other towns.

"It's still $11,000 under what we have budgeted for police chief," Selectman Beth Jones said of the recommended salary. "$125,000 would lower your salary, so we're obviously not going to go that way."

The selectmen voted unanimously in favor of the $132,500 amount.

The selectmen also discussed whether Krolikowski would continue working at his law practice. He has been allowed to practice as an attorney since 2004, after he graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he took four years of night classes to earn his degree. He opened and practices at the Law Offices of Leon Krolikowski LLC at 140 Elm St.

According to his website, his areas of practice are business and consumer law, commercial and civil litigation, collections, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant law, personal injury and real estate. He has 20 open civil cases, 10 of which have upcoming court dates, according to the state of Connecticut's judicial branch website.

"We have no control over outside employment, but I think it's important we get on the record," Mallozzi said. "I was quoted in the newspaper saying that I think police chief is a full-time job. I've got your caseload here and know you're busy."

Krolikowski assured the selectmen that he will wind down the court cases he has and not accept new ones. He said he will continue to be selective in the real estate work he does, to prevent any conflicts of interest.

"I see the chief job as a full-time job and then some," Krolikowski said. "For the last three months, I've been doing chief and also both captain jobs, so that's an indication of my commitment."

Krolikowski had been doing the job of both captains because he had been promoted from one of the positions and his counterpart, David Bender, retired in July.

The possibility of conflicts of interest was Selectman Nick Williams' biggest worry, but he seemed to be satisfied with the chief's responses.

"As long as you're in full compliance, it's not a problem," he said.

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